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Windy City Welcomes ASCII Success Summit

IT solution providers and technology vendors gathered for two days of networking, education, and training. By Joel Zaidspiner

The fourth of nine 2018 ASCII IT Success Summits took place on May 16 and 17 at the Hilton Rosemont in Chicago. The summits bring together IT solution providers and technology vendors in a two-day format that includes extensive networking, education, and training.

In addition to best-practice addresses from ASCII members and thought leaders, the special guest for 2018 is Theresa Payton, former White House CIO. Payton was the first female to serve as White House chief information officer, and was named No. 4 on IFSEC Global’s list of the world’s Top 50 cybersecurity influencers in 2017.

Jerry Koutavas, president of The ASCII Group, opened the pre-day on Wednesday with a talk about ASCII Group’s unique approach to peer groups.

Pre-day educational sessions included presentations on security, marketing, and unified communications as a service. The day concluded with an ASCII member meeting and evening networking reception.

On Thursday, keynote speaker Bradley Gross, managing partner at the law office of Bradley Gross, P.A., discussed how MSPs can avoid legal disasters.

The Internet of Things was also on the agenda. ASCII member Tim Martin, business development manager for Action Point Software Development, presented “It’s Happening Now—How One Company is Helping MSPs Generate Recurring Revenue Using IoT.”

And fellow ASCII member Lamar Curtis, president of IAG Business Technology, presented on “Lessons From the Field: Hurricane Harvey—What MSPs May Overlook in their Business Continuity Planning.”

There were also educational sessions on security, sales and marketing, VoIP, cloud backup, and more.

The day ended with a closing awards ceremony and giveaways.

The award winners are as follows:

  • Best Education – CARVIR
  • Best Partner Incentives – Solutions Granted
  • Best Presentation – Solutions Granted
  • Best Rapid Pitch – Invarosoft
  • Best Keynote Presentation – Mailprotector
  • Most Innovative Solution – Mailprotector
  • Best Market Opportunity – Pax8
  • Best Partner Support – Datto
  • Best Channel Program – Pax8
  • Best Revenue Generator – Intermedia
  • Top Distributor – Pax8
  • Best Partner Involvement – Cytracom, Datto, and Pax8
  • Best of Show – Pax8

Next up for the ASCII IT Success Summits is Ann Arbor, Mich., on June 27 and 28.


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